Destroying an ecosystem. A better way?

I own a home that is along the North Fork of the Colorado River in Grand Lake, Colorado. I have lived there for over 20 years.

During the week of July 15th, the river was drawn down to the point that any progress toward creating a viable river ecosystem was completely destroyed.

I understand that water rights on this river can be executed by the owners of those rights. But, to see such a drastic draw down to the point that the river ecosystem is destroyed - is disheartening and I feel - unnecessary!

Why can't the execution of the water rights along this river be coordinated, so that the river does not have to suffer such drastic loss of flow all at one time - and suffer the resulting impact on the the total river ecosystem?

William Sweeney

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mholcomb over 3 years ago
Hi William. Thank you for notifying us of your concerns and observations of this reach of the river. It is possible that dewatering of the river resulted from legal diversions by water right holders. The best way to find out is by contacting your local water commissioners because they are more intimately familiar with day to day management. Also, note that this was a very dry year and many rivers and streams suffered from low flows due to both natural conditions and diversions. [Link to local water commissioners: ]